Grateful Bread Food Pantry

Photo: Lynn Hardesty

Shopping with (the participants) at the pantry is amazing. I enjoy listening to them, taking prayer requests and helping them make smart food choices to fit their families. I also really enjoy the Elderly Commodities days. My grandparents received them when I was growing up. It’s kind of cool to be on the “giving” end of the commodities box.

–Food Pantry volunteer

The Grateful Bread Food Pantry serves more than 900 families a month, distributing both government commodities to the elderly and donated and purchased food for low-income families that suffer from food insecurity. Participants may visit Grateful Bread once a month to receive free supplemental food supplies.

Volunteers at Grateful Bread may receive, pick up and organize donated food, do intake on new participants, staff the pantry and help participants pick out food during operating hours, and coordinate community volunteers for the monthly commodities program. Because many participants come in monthly, volunteers are able to build relationships. As with all CAP programs, Grateful Bread is about community.

Volunteer opportunities:

Food Pantry Caseworkers: Long-term caseworkers serve in teams with other CAP Volunteers, employees, participants, and volunteers from the local community to serve the walk-in food need of families and organize monthly government commodities distributions to the elderly. Caseworkers also pick up food donations from local food banks and businesses and help to unload and organize food shipments. Requires heavy lifting. Positions available August 2015.

Short-term and part-time community volunteer opportunities may be available throughout the year.